CASTALIA - The Margaretta girls' basketball team welcomed Oak Harbor for a huge Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division showdown on Friday night.
As one of the hottest teams in Northwest Ohio, the Polar Bears entered as the favorites having won 12 of their last 13 games, but they knew a win over the Rockets would not be easy.
After leading by eight at the half, Margaretta struggled offensively in the second half and fell 47-42.
Margaretta snagged a 14-10 lead after one quarter of action as Oak Harbor picked up seven first quarter fouls to the Polar Bears' zero.
Both Abby Dornbusch and Sophia Eli picked up three fouls apiece early in the game.
That meant the Rockets would need to turn to junior Logan Harris to carry a lot of the load.
Harris kept Oak Harbor within striking distance, but the Polar Bears were still able to extend their lead to 30-22 at the half.
Oak Harbor then turned to its defense in the third quarter.
Margaretta didn't make a shot during the quarter and the Rockets drained the final few minutes of the quarter by playing keep away.
Meanwhile, Harris picked up the pace offensively en route to a 28 point performance.
The Rockets finished the quarter by outscoring Margaretta 9-0.
That gave Oak Harbor a spark of momentum and early in the fourth the Rockets took a lead on a basket by Harris to go up 33-32.
Oak Harbor would add a basket with 5:30 remaining in the game to lead 35-32 and a little over a minute later the Rockets added a pair of free throws to boost their lead to 37-32.
For nearly the first 12 minutes of the second half the Polar Bears were held to just two points, but Margaretta finally got its groove back and rebounded to make the final four minutes interesting.
A basket with less than 50 seconds remaining cut Oak Harbor's lead to 43-41.
A free throw cut it to 43-42 before Margaretta fouled Harris with 31 seconds remaining.
Harris connected on both shots putting the Rockets up 45-42.
Margaretta failed to score on its next possession and was forced to foul Harris once again.
Harris made good on both shots as the Rockets led 47-42 with 18 seconds left to seal the game.
The Polar Bears were led in scoring by Taylor Malson's 14 points.
Margaretta will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Sandusky St. Mary's Central Catholic.
The Rockets will be back in action on Tuesday as well as they welcome Old Fort.